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rmross41886
Community Member

Filtering Out Certain Job Titles

It seems like the vast majority of freelance gigs available for writers fall in one of the following categories: 

 

-Ghostwriter

-Cryptocurrency

-Get my posts published somewhere

 

I don't doubt that some people are willing to take on these gigs, but I have zero interest in any of these areas.I know I can do the "-[unwanted term]" formula in the job search itself, but I'm wondering if it's possible to customize my job feed to filter out those jobs automatically? 

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nkocendova
Community Member

Hi Ryan,

I would suggest using the Advanced Search function which allows you to exclude certain keywords and then use those as your saved searches.

 

Screenshot from May 16, 2018 3_45 PM.png

~Nina

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nkocendova
Community Member

Hi Ryan,

I would suggest using the Advanced Search function which allows you to exclude certain keywords and then use those as your saved searches.

 

Screenshot from May 16, 2018 3_45 PM.png

~Nina

Thank you Nina! this is really helpful. 

Is is just me or can someone explain as to why we look to be limited to 40 characters when wanting to exclude certain words or phrases when setting up a saved search?  I have a list of about 50 items that I need to be able to exclude so that I can dramatically reduce the amount of time currently required to search through the job postings. If this is currently truly a restriction, can you PLEASE lift this?

 

Thank you.

 

vladag
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi Scott,

 

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. Could you please share more information about the way you're using the search feature and the rationale behind excluding such a high number of keywords? I haven't come across this method before and would like to get a better insight, in order for our team to better understand different ways the feature is being used and consider possible changes. 

 

I'd also like to invite other freelancers to weigh in and share if they are using a similar approach when excluding keywords.

~ Vladimir
Upwork
3d_relief
Community Member

I mainly a mechanical engineer and conceptual product designer. Even
with specific categories defined and adding the limited number of
excluded words that I'm currently limited to, it takes me multiple hours
to look through all of the new listings that appear from one day to the
next. I've already spent the time to put together a substantial list of
almost 100 items that I would like to exclude. I'm not going to post the
entire list, but here's a small sampling: after effects, architect,
banner, book cover, comic, game, interior design, JAVA, Shopify,
T-Shirt, etc. I don't do any of these things though as stated above,
even with a small, specific set of categories defined I still get tons
of listings that have nothing to do with my area of expertise.

With that having been said, is there some specific reason why we are
limited to 40 characters of excluded words? 40 words I could possibly
better understand, but 40 characters? I'm sure that it's a software
thing. I'm also sure that there's got to be a way to change this.

Thanks for listening.

Scott

So can we get something done about this to dramatically increase the current limit of only allowing 40 characters? I doubt that it would take much software development effort to lift this restriction.

One more comment - You do realize that in eliminating the need to search through jobs that don't apply to my areas of expertise saves me a substantial amount of time. This time can be spent focusing on both submitting proposals for pertinent projects as well as do the work on actual projects, therefore allowing me to complete more total projects. This in turn makes more money for both Upwork and myself. I would think that this would be a high priority for Upwork as a whole.

So it looks like we're just going to ignore this software restriction which is costing its freelancers time and therefore costing Upwork Money.  I just love the crickets on this one...


Scott S wrote:

So it looks like we're just going to ignore this software restriction which is costing its freelancers time and therefore costing Upwork Money.  I just love the crickets on this one...


UW is globally reknowned for its cricket habitat.

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